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April 30, 1991

Cremins says he is out of running for Irish job.

Bobby Cremins took himself out of the running for Notre Dame's vacant basketball coaching job yesterday, deciding ,X instead to remain at Georgia Tech.

Although he admitted that the Irish job was tempting, Cremins said, "My feeling for my players and the Georgia Tech family and friends was too strong for me to pursue any other interests right now.

"The next step was to go to Notre Dame for an interview. I decided not to do that. It might have been too tempting."

Cremins became the fourth known candidate outrightly to reject consideration for the job in the face of direct or indirect contacts by Notre Dame. He was preceded by Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, Xavier coach Pete Gillen and Kansas coach Roy Williams.

Among other reported candidates for the Notre Dame job are Southern Methodist coach John Shumate, who played for the Irish; Nebraska coach Danny Nee and Stanford coach Mike Montgomery.

Georgia Tech has enjoyed a banner recruiting year, signing high school All-Americans Travis Best and James Forrest and adding Drew Barry, younger brother of Tech guard Jon Barry and son of National Basketball Association Hall of Famer Rick Barry.

* Maryland point guard Walt Williams was among 17 finalists for 12 spots on the U.S. team that will compete in the Pan American Games on Aug. 3-17 in Havana, Cuba.

The finalists, announced yesterday, include 13 players who competed in the Pan Am trials and four athletes -- Duke's Christian Laettner, Alabama's Robert Horry, Oklahoma State's Byron Houston and Pepperdine's Doug Christie -- who were granted waivers to miss the competition. Thirty-eight players participated in the tryouts under coach Gene Keady of Purdue.

Among those who failed to make the first cut were Indiana's Eric Anderson and Damon Bailey, Nevada-Las Vegas' Anderson Hunt.

Tennis

Spain's Sergi Bruguera defeated Boris Becker, 5-7, 6-4, 7-(8-6), 7-6 (7-4), in the rain-delayed final of the $1 million Monte Carlo (Monaco) Open. Ninth-seeded Bruguera won in 4 hours, 5 minutes, and earned $125,000. Becker, the No. 2 seed, got $65,800.

Bruguera, playing in his third consecutive clay-court final, has won 16 of his past 17 matches. He won a tournament in Estoril, Portugal, and lost in a final at Barcelona, Spain, where he beat Becker, 6-2, 6-4, in the third round.

Baseball

A federal judge upheld a $540,000 jury award to Hall of Famer Joe Morgan, who sued a policeman for roughing him up three years ago at Los Angeles International Airport.

Morgan, now a businessman and baseball broadcaster, wastopped March 15, 1988, primarily, he said, because he is black.

Soccer

Diego Maradona's manager said that the Argentine soccer star would seek medical help and the player's lawyer said he would try to lessen the drug charges filed against him.

Meanwhile, the International Federation of Association Football officially imposed a worldwide ban on Maradona through June 30, 1992. Maradona was suspended March 29 by the Italian League after a positive test for cocaine.

Football

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason says coach Sam Wyche should focus on football instead of outside issues.

But Wyche, who is active in helping the homeless and outspoken on women in the locker room, told Esiason and other Bengals in a meeting Sunday that he's not about to back off his beliefs.

"If I'm a distraction every time I talk to a banquet or give out a blanket," Wyche said, "then the player who's distracted isn't professional enough to be here."

Esiason said Wyche should "direct his energies to talking football, and football only. I admire his work with the homeless and his wherewithal for issues like the locker room. What I was saying was that everyone has to get a focus."

Sailing

The first woman to complete an around-the-world solo yacht race crossed the finish line off Brenton Point near Newport, R.I., just two hours behind the sole American left in Class I of the BOC Challenge.

Isabelle Autissier of France placed sixth overall in the four-stage race that began in Newport on Sept. 15. Mike Plant, who placed fourth overall, completed the 27,000-mile race in the fastest time ever recorded for an American in around-the-world race, 132 days, 20 hours, 1 minute and 2 seconds.

The $100,000 first prize was won by Christophe Auguin, who crossed Tuesday.

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